Dooley admits defensive errors cost Azkals


Dooley admits defensive errors cost Azkals


Philippines head coach Thomas Dooley acknowledged that his team’s mistakes at the back cost his side a chance to stake their claim for a spot in the knockout stages of the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup.

The hosts had to come from behind twice to salvage a draw against Indonesia.

In the end, it was captain Phil Younghusband’s delightful free-kick with less than 10 minutes left on the clock that earned a point for them.

“It was an exciting game, [but] not so good for coaches I guess,” Dooley said.

“They had the better chances than we had overall, I think that 2-2 would be most fair.

“Obviously (for the goals), it was inside the six yard box. There was somebody who maybe was not marking, the goalkeeper could have come out. I cannot say right now. I have to watch the tape.”

The result meant that both Philippines and Indonesia, along with Singapore, are in with a fight for the second spot in Group A.

Philippines will face group winners Thailand in the last round of matches, while Indonesia take on Singapore.

For Dooley, it’s all about giving everything they have left in the tank to secure qualification.

“We have to do something in the last game, it will be an exciting game,” he said.

“We have to get ready. This is another chance, we have to look after (our mistakes)… I think we will try to play as well as we can.”

As for Indonesia, their head coach Alfred Riedhl ceded that it will be hard for them to go through.

The Garudas have just one point from their opening two matches currently, and Riedhl felt today was a missed opportunity.

“You saw a very interesting match. A lot of chances left and right for us,” he said.

“Given the chances, we should have won the match. We hit the post and came close as well.

“ We have now one point now, so it will be very difficult for us to go into the next round.”


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